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    301st MEB trains for quick reaction nuclear threat response

    301st MEB

    Photo By Sgt. Tanya Van Buskirk | Soldiers from the 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.,...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Tanya Van Buskirk 

    416th Theater Engineer Command

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - If there is ever a nuclear or biological attack on U.S. soil, the 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) is preparing to help.

    The 301st MEB is going through a training event, known as a digital command post exercise (DCPX), held twice a year here.

    This training will prepare them to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks. Command and Control CBRN Response Enterprise Army Reserve (C2CRE-A) is part of the homeland defense mission entrusted to the U.S. Northern Command.

    The 301st MEB, an Army Reserve brigade headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, continues to test its mission command capabilities for another upcoming exercise, known as Vibrant Response.

    Vibrant Response (VR) focuses on the Department of Defense Support of Civil Authorities and its ability to assist civilian authorities to save lives, relieve human suffering and provide critical support to the community in case of a catastrophic CBRN event.

    VR takes place yearly at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Butlerville, Indiana, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana. After that exercise, the MEB was validated to assume C2CRE-A mission, which began October 2014.

    The 301st MEB set up several tents to create a command outpost for this weekend's event. The MEB staff will respond to scenarios similar to what they've faced before at VR and other DCPX exercises. As they progress through this training, they'll take the lessons learned here to become a responsive force.

    During last year's DCPX, the MEB employed the help of JBLM Mission Training Complex (MTC) to develop a fluid, reactive scenario, which is being ran through again this year as the staff in the technical operations center (TOC) continues to coordinate and complete scenario based missions improving on time and delivery from last years DCPX.

    Setting up a TOC and managing the consequences of a disaster is one of the mission essential tasks of the 301st MEB that will help prepare these Soldiers to respond to possible threats.


    Date Taken: 03.07.2015
    Date Posted: 03.07.2015 17:49
    Story ID: 156311

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